Quotations From HENRY MILLER

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  • 61.
    The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Plexus, ch. 17 (1963). Miller was discussing Nietzsche and Spengler.

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  • 62.
    Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections on Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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  • 63.
    America is essentially a woman's country—why shouldn't the leading novelists be women?
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. repr. In The Best of Henry Miller, ed. Lawrence Durrell (1960). "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).

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  • 64.
    When you know what men are capable of you marvel neither at their sublimity nor their baseness. There are no limits in either direction apparently.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • 65.
    It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 12 (1951).
  • 66.
    The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • 67.
    In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The World of Sex, p. 119 (1940, repr. 1970).
  • 68.
    What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • 69.
    The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).

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  • 70.
    I will never again go to people under false pretenses even if it is to give them the Holy Bible. I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve. I am going home now and I will sit down and really write about people.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Capricorn, p. 174 (1938, 1966).

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